REASONS FOR ABORTION

Comments I have received regarding the abortion issue are in italics.  I have researched some statistics and drawn some conclusions regarding the comments.

REASONS FOR ABORTION

Baby’s health:

Comment One:  “My daughter was a premature baby of 28 weeks gestation…”  She is now a beautiful lady who recently got married.

Comment Two:  When I was in labor, the ob/gyn said he could give me a shot (experimental at that time) to strengthen her lungs so she could breathe on her own sooner, but it would be a risk for me if something happened to my spine. I said I wanted to take it. She was on respirator for 12 hours then breathed on her own!!

About 3% of babies are born with a birth defect.

Mother’s health: –

Comment One. I agree keep the mother alive, she gets precedence. This is such a tough one – babies having babies.

Comment Two.  (regarding doctor at a Catholic hospital)  “…if crisis came and decisions had to be made he told me once he had to choose …..give both lives every chance. but nurture and encourage that life which had the most change of ‘thriving” not simply existing.”

A study published in Guttmacher’s International Family Planning Perspectives in 1998 said risk to a woman’s health was the main reason for 2.8% of U.S. abortions in 1987-88.

 Other Reasons:

Pregnancy by rape or incest, foetus in the tube … sadly there are too many examples where some people do need to have one. So please don’t judge those who still bear the cross of having one, they seldom recover emotionally as Nobody takes a life lightly

……..humanity dictates circumstances where absolutes will never apply. My own mother had an abortion (Japanese planes were flying over Australia. My mother was frightened like everyone else. My father was fighting in the middle-east after the briefest of stays with (me – a little baby and my mum)and was not allowed to come home. Mum was pregnant, terrified. Worried she could not run and save me if bombing occurred. Her whole life she grieved for the child that should have been. Knowing God forgave her but the ‘loss’ was raw.

 The following statement and chart are from Guttmacher Institute. 

In 2004, the Guttmacher Institute anonymously surveyed 1,209 post-abortive womenfrom nine different abortion clinics across the country. Of the women surveyed, 957 provided a main reason for having an abortion. This table lists each reason and the percentage of respondents who chose it.

<0.5% Victim of rape
3% Fetal health problems
4% Physical health problems
4% Would interfere with education or career
7% Not mature enough to raise a child
8% Don’t want to be a single mother
19% Done having children
23% Can’t afford a baby
25% Not ready for a child
6% Other

My Opinion:  I have acknowledged that I believe there are situations in which I would choose an abortion as the lesser of two evils, particularly in the case of the very young.  There are only 0.2% of abortions to girls below 15. (Guttmacher Institute)  I know of one instance where the parents were convinced their daughter would commit suicide if they did not allow an abortion.  They chose abortion as the lesser of two evils.

The after effects of abortion can cause so much guilt, ill health, anxiety and other negative reactions, I believe even in the ages of 15-17 (3%) the girl would be better off emotionally to have good support through her pregnancy then give the baby for adoption.  Obviously those 18 and older do know what behavior causes pregnancy and almost without exception they make a choice to take the chance.  The baby should not be sacrificed as a result of a poor choice.

The average age of a woman seeking abortion is 24, well into adulthood and capable of being responsible for her actions.

 

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DAVID, SOLOMON, AND ME

jesusCOMMENT ON CHRISTIAN MUSIC.    Praises, prayers, confessions, curses, complaints, word games, “trust & obey”, “woe is me”, history, instructions, testimonies. Some folks think it is a  more “holy” thing to sing psalms to the Lord.  They might be right but they generally only sing one kind – songs of praise.  The Psalms really give us room for lots of Christian music styles.  I am glad!  I love almost everything from blue grass to Handel’s Messiah.  (With a large dose of Fanny Crosby.)

DAVID, SOLOMON, AND ME. I don’t know how many songs or psalms David wrote, but I do know he wrote a lot of them. Besides song writin’ and harp playin’, David was good at repentin’ as evidenced by his lament in Psalm 51. I know Solomon wrote 1004 songs plus a love story – also called a song. He didn’t seem too good at repentin’. He probably could have stayed out of trouble better if he had written less and repented more. As for me – I have to repent before I can really praise and worship. Even on a good week, the place I long for is sitting at Jesus’ feet and feeling his forgiving grace flood over me.

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT: Sitting on my sofa while watching TV, I feel like my sins are quite small and not overly abundant; I view them from an entirely different angle while sitting at the feet of Jesus. Little sins can make any kind of song sound like “sounding brass and tinkling cymbals.” The key is Colossians 3:16, “singing with grace in your hearts”. A heart that has lost its grace cannot sound like one that is full of grace. “Wonderful grace of Jesus, greater than all my sin…” (Haldor Lillenas, 1918)jesus

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GOD PLAYS HIDE AND SEEK

“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love (A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God).” Even though God tells us to seek Him, at times it may seem that God plays a tough game of Hide and Seek, but be encouraged by knowing God wants to be “caught.” As Tommy Tenney reassures in The God Chasers: “He will not frustrate us. God will allow Himself to be caught by us. As a father playing tag with his child allows himself to be caught by the laughing, loving child, so too will the heavenly Father allow Himself to be caught. In fact, just when you would tire in despair, He will turn and catch you. He wants to be ‘captured’ by your love. He eagerly awaits the laughing, loving encounter. He has missed those times with man since the Garden.”

More about Jesus let me learn; More of his holy will discern;
Spirit of God, my teacher be, Showing the things of Christ to me.
Composer:  Eliza E. Hewitt, late 1880’s

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SWEAT? WHO’S SWEATING?

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Summer’s heat’s in store,

Secrete loathsome sweat and stress

Project poise and peace!

 

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FEEL LIKE “A DEAD MAN WALKING?”

Tommy Tenney wrote about Moses, “He (Moses) longed for more than “visitation”; his soul longed for “habitation”.  Let us rejoice that Christians now have what Moses was longing for—the habitation of the spirit of God as promised by Jesus in John 14:16 and 16:7—the Comforter, the Holy Spirit!

However, we cannot let ourselves be misled into thinking we have an option of letting the Holy Spirit “visit” us on our terms or whim.  If we do so, we may identify with David’s anguish as he cries out in the 51st Psalm, “Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me” (v. 11). What misery to have once looked God “in the face” and know we have built a “sin wall” between us!

That was the plight of Adam when he found that God knew he had sinned; he was ashamed and hid from the presence of God. Richard Alleine expresses that feeling in this way, “He who knows what it is to enjoy God will dread His loss; he who has seen His face will fear to see His back.” A loss of God’s companionship would leave one as a “dead man walking.”

So, what is the antidote to feeling like “a dead man walking? “Seek ye me, and ye shall live.” ( Jer. 5:4, 6)jesus

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OKAY, GUYS, LISTEN UP

If you thought I was going to ignore you, you must not have a grandmother in your life.  In case you don’t, I’ll serve that purpose.

So, you say you don’t know what love is and you really don’t care, just bring it on!  Let’s get on with the jollies!  How do I love thee, let me count the ways.  Uh, come to think of it, I don’t know.  I just start with sex, and end with sex.  Is there more?

So I say, “You poor dunce.” ——-

You don’t know how to make a girl feel special with the friendly wink of an eye?

You don’t know what it feels like to walk in the park with fingers intertwined with the prettiest girl in town?

You don’t know the satisfaction of knowing she might not be the prettiest but she loves being yours?

You don’t know how comforting it is to let her tell you about her kitty being run over by a car and you, the gallant listener, wipe away the tears with a tender touch of your thumb?

You never had a girl who was exclusively yours?

You think all of the above behaviors are designed to get a girl into the sack?

You have had lots of sex, but never with a sober girl?

You have had lots of sex, but only after making the girl cry because you threatened to leave?

You impregnated a girl, then told her to get lost?

You don’t know if she had the baby or got an abortion?

You do know.  She had an abortion.  You hurt.  You cry.  You see a dad teaching his toddler how to ride a tricycle.  You hurt.  You cry.  You see a dad on the baseball field.  You hurt.  You cry.  You remember, it was ten years ago today.  You hurt. You cry.

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There was once a young man who lived over a century ago  He married his pregnant girlfriend.  They had a family.  Each of his children had a family.  In the long run, I was a product of his decision to marry that girl.   I’m glad he accepted his responsibility.  I’m glad they found peace.  I know them only as loyal, faithful, forgiving, loving, and responsible.  I loved them.

My thanks to that young couple who righted their wrong!  I’m so glad abortion was not their solution.

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WITH A STRING

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Oh, the great things, to do with string:

                Tie pages together to make a book, then together we can take a look.

                Thread through a button to make a toy, watch it whirl, oh, what joy.

                Use in place of a shoe lace, I’m embarrassed, does it show on my face?

                Around the finger to jog my memory, then forgetfulness won’t plague me.

                Wrap package to put in the mail, make it secure, without fail.

                Braid together for friendship ring, a child’s love that made me sing.

                Tied between two sticks to mark a line, or given to birds for nest design.

Given some time I can do anything, just by having a piece of string!

 

twiglet “with a string”

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YOUNG WOMEN, QUIT BEING USED!

Yesterday I left with a statement about other issues in abortion besides the question of when life begins and the question of whether abortion is murder.

The next serious issue is that of the woman who has the abortion.  We hear of the millions of unborn we have lost – a great loss to humanity whatever the reason.  We seldom think of the millions of women who are living with the heartache of guilt, loneliness, ill health, sorrow that they are paying for the choice they made.

Young women, quit being used!  You are being made the pawn of

  • a society that makes a god of its sexual “freedom,”
  • a law based on something called “privacy” rights unheard of in civilized societies for thousands of years,
  • a political institution that has to convince women to have abortions or they lose their funding,
  • a woman’s group who cry “It’s my body, and I can do what I want with it,”
  • men who have no regard for a woman except as an object to be used, and
  • other women who want cover for their own bad choices.

After the party is over, all the actors have done their thing and moved on to the next project, you are living with the choice.  Perhaps not even what would have been your choice if you had been aware of the consequences.  You see, Planned Parenthood can give you an abortion without you seeing that baby inside you, but they cannot protect you from seeing the picture of your friend’s ultrasound.  They cannot protect you from the pain of thinking, “That’s the size my baby was…”  They cannot protect you from a lifetime of the anguish of “What ifs.”  They will do nothing if you find you cannot conceive again.  They do nothing to stop the dreams of blessings you missed or the nightmares of a crying child.

Yes, young woman, you do have a choice, but in making that choice refuse to be manipulated as a pawn in a chess game.   Remember the easy way out is probably not the easy way out.

Ending on a more pleasant note. If you are one who chose to have your baby and gave it up for adoption, you might have some of the same regrets, but you will always have the comfort of having done what was best for your baby and probably for you also.

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WHEN DOES “LIFE” BEGIN?

I wrote a grand post about my opinion of when life begins.  Then I had to do something I hate.  I recognized I was wrong and deleted the post. So mostly questions, some opinion.

When does “life” begin?

  1. At conception when the perfect little human blueprint is established in its DNA?  There is no doubt that it is “alive.”  All those little cells begin doing what God has designed for them to do.
  2. At the time it attaches to its mother and “breath” of oxygen flows through its cells?  Perhaps what the Bible calls God breathing “the breath of life” into Adam.
  3. When the blood begins flowing caused by that little heart beat?  The Bible says “the life is in the blood.”  Is that when spirit life begins?
  4. When it lands outside its mother and takes its first gasp of air prematurely?
  5. When it is fully developed, doctor spanks its bottom and it takes a breath and cries?

My deleted post was taking a stand for number three, based on the “life being in the blood.”  But there are too many scriptures and too much logic indicating an earlier time.  The last option is absurd to me since I know that baby can take a breath much earlier than its full development stage.  The claim that it receives its “life” when it breathes because that is what happened to Adam, is not analogous because that baby is “alive” from the beginning.  Adam was not.  He was “dirt” until God breathed life into him.  Not equal!

So I don’t know when spirit life begins.  I know a lot of mothers who have miscarried, and they absolutely believe the baby awaits them in heaven.  I do to.

There is no logic to saying a mother who loses her four month unborn baby in spite of doing everything possible to carry it to term, has a little “soul” awaiting them in heaven, but the four month unborn baby whose mother aborts it deliberately does not have a “soul.”

All those who are spontaneously miscarried because of some medical reason even too early for a woman to know she is pregnant, I don’t know.

However, when considering the issue of abortion, there is more to be considered. On to some of those issues next time.

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  1. “Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, …(Psalm 100:3, NASV).
  2. “… the One who formed you from the womb, ‘I, the LORD,. . .'” (Isaiah 44:24, NASV).
  3. “… and all of us are the work of Thy hand” (Isaiah 64:8, NASV).
  4. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb…” (Psalm 139:13-16, NKJV).
  5. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5, NIV).
  6. But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through His grace . . .” (Galatians 1:15, RSV).
  7. “,,,the baby in my womb leaped for joy'” (Luke 1:41, 44, NIV).
  8. Exodus 21:22-25 prescribes what should be done to a person who wounds a pregnant woman in such a way as to cause a miscarriage or death of the infant.
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ADD SPARK TO ROUTINE, writer’s quote challenge

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” Helen Keller

For this week’s Writers Quote Challenge, please share with us a “small task” which you feel you have accomplished in a “great and noble” way.

How “great and noble” are you when it comes to frying eggs, changing tires, picking up toys, teaching manners to your children, making the grocery list, making the bed, playing Candy Land, combing your mother’s hair?  Okay, you are on your own.  What does this quote mean to you?

My Submission:

For many years I have taught adult Sunday School classes, generally to people who are my peers.  It seemed dull to me to teach the same thing we had “learned” many times before.  After all what could I say that had not already been said.  So I make it a challenge to study, research, pray, google :D, until I find something that I have never known before – even if the story is about David and Goliath!  That helps me to accomplish the routine in a more exciting way.

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The Writer’s Quote Challenge is a weekly blogging event. Either make up your own sayings or use a quote from a famous author that you find gives you inspiration. Each Thursday, a hostess will post the prompt and all you have to do is participate.  Category: Writer’s Quote Challenge

Our hostesses are:

Bernadette at http://www.HaddonMusings.com

Jacqueline at http://www.Acookingpotandtwistedtales.com

Joan at http://www.familyparentingandbeyoned.wordpress.com

Oneta at http://www.onetahayes.com

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